Cyathea smithii Hook.f.

Soft Tree Fern

Trunk to 5 m or more tall. Stalks dark brown, slightly rough. Fronds divided three times, soft and with red and white star-shaped hairs on the undersurface; scales without spines. Indusia narrow and saucer-like when sori mature.

Will tolerate cool conditions.


Skirt of dead frond stalks hanging from crown; saucer-like indusia.

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Cyatheaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Cyatheales
family      Cyatheaceae
genus       Cyathea Sm.